Shalom Life | July 22, 2014

Islamophobic Advertisements to be Installed in New York Subway

New York Transit Authority Unable to Block Inflammatory Ads

By: Syd Keeb

Published: September 20th, 2012 in News » World

Islamophobic Advertisements to be Installed in New York Subway
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has sponsored a series of Islamophobic advertisements, set to be installed at 10 New York subway stations.

The ads which offer inflammatory statements like: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Or “Support Israel … Defeat jihad,” has drawn ire and contempt from New York City commuters.

Initially the Metropolitan Transportation Authority blocked the group from putting up the ads. But the Authority lost a federal court ruling on First Amendment grounds.

“Our hands are tied” Aaron Donovan , a Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

One of the biggest opponents to the construction of an Islamic centre and Mosque near Ground Zero, The American Freedom Defense Initiative was named a hate group by the southern Poverty Law Centre, a nonprofit civil rights organization.

In San Francisco where the same group first installed the controversial ads, citizens there signed a petition urging the ads be taken down immediately. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) also unable to remove the signs completely posted a full sized disclaimer next to the ads condemning the statements made by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

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